Volume 13, Number 7 November 18, 2005

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Building boom underway at Canadian universities

HALIFAX – The opening of the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building at Dalhousie University here in late September was one of a number of projects that came on line this fall at universities across the country.

The new building provides space for the 2,500 students, faculty and staff of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management. The $25-million, five-storey building was funded by donations to the university’s Management Without Borders campaign.

At the University of Manitoba, the Faculties of Science and Engineering have been brought together in the first phase of the Engineering and Information Technology complex (EITC) that opened in late September. With classroom, facilities for tutorial-based learning, shop and construction facilities and a suite of research labs and facilities, the EITC will combine “academic, research and industrial expertise and programming that is so vital to Manitoba’s economy,” said Premier Gary Doer.

The building was funded through the university’s Building on Strengths campaign.

In Calgary, the U of C has announced it will break ground April 1, 2006 on the $113-million Campus Calgary Digital Library, the first part of a $710-million, five-year capital plan intended to expand the university’s enrolment by 7,000 students by 2010. Built in partnership with all the public post-secondary institutions in the city and as the cornerstone of the Lois Hole Digital Library, the project will create a network that will make the U of C’s electronic library holdings available to the public for use in business, education and non-profit applications.

Included will be space for the public to use the Digital Library as well as 500 new computer stations.

Another fall opening was the New Music Building at McGill University. Built for $70-million, the eight-storey structure includes a large scoring studio able to accommodate 300 people or a full symphony orchestra and chorus, a 200-seat concert and lecture hall, and the Wirth Opera Studio, a dedicated rehearsal space outfitted with a sprung floor for ballet class, multimedia performances and research.

At the University of Toronto, the opening Nov. 3 of the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (CCBR) opens the door to a new era of discovery in the prevention and treatment of disease. Built at a cost of $105-million, the centre will house up to 400 researchers from the faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Applied Science and Engineering, and Arts and Science in state-of-the-art labs, and provide hands-on training for some 300 students and 100 post-doctoral fellows.

According to a U of T news release, the researchers and their teams will work toward understanding disease processes at the molecular level in order to develop effective treatments.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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